Jamaica International Service Learning and Research
The Jamaica International Service Learning and Community-Based Research program provides an opportunity to explore the history, culture, socio-economic development, and formal and non-formal (community-based) education in Jamaica, while also learning what it means to be a global citizen in your chosen field. This program focuses on international service learning, diversity, and pro-poor development.
Five and a half weeks: mid-May through late June
This program is based in Yallahs, St. Thomas Parish, Jamaica
Language of instruction
- Focus on international service learning, diversity, and socio-economic development
- Students take two integrated, interdisciplinary courses and engage in a community-based service or research project with a local partner organization
- Courses combine experiential learning at service sites with academic readings and discussions
- Field projects vary depending on the needs of community-based partner organizations as well as your interests and skills
- Provides an opportunity to explore the history, culture, socio-economic development, and formal and non-formal (community-based) education in Jamaica, while also learning what it means to be a global citizen in your chosen field
- You may choose to focus on topics such as, but not limited to, gender issues, teen resilience, student learning and development, teacher collaboration, healthy lifestyles, community development, entrepreneurship, and all aspects of education
Students enroll in two courses, for a total of six credits hours.
Education 2224: Service Learning (3 credits) or Sociology 2130: Selected Topics (3 credits), and
Community-Based Research Project (topic varies by individual interest):
Urban Education 2320: Special Seminar in Urban Education (3 credits) or Sociology 3240: Selected Topics in Sociology (3 credits)
Weekends and some Fridays are devoted to educational travel/excursions. Specific destinations are selected based on student interests and may include visits to alternative tourism sites.
Courses are co-taught by Dr. Donna-Marie Peters and Dr. Georgia Bianchi.
Participants are lodged either dormitory-style in a beachfront villa or in a nearby guest house in Yallahs.
Open to qualified students matriculated at U.S. colleges and universities.
Applying to the program
Application deadline: February 15